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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2008 Feb;32(1):60-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00167.x.

Banning smoking in cars carrying children: an analytical history of a public health advocacy campaign.

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School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Framing public health policy reform in ways that attract public and political support is a core skill of advocacy. In this paper we summarise the 12-year Australian history of advocacy for banning smoking in cars carrying children, culminating in the governments of the Australian States of South Australia and Tasmania enacting legislation.

METHOD:

'Smoking in cars' was searched on the factiva.com print news media database, with returns limited to Australian newspapers published before 1 June 2007.

RESULTS:

The issue of smoking in cars received extensive and emotive media coverage, primarily in support of legislating a ban. Invoking the protection of vulnerable children in the debate about smoking in cars was a powerful and persuasive theme. Unlike all other advocacy for smoke-free areas, this debate was not contested by the tobacco industry or other commercial interest groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Even in the absence of a co-ordinated advocacy campaign, public opinion studies on support for such legislation have been consistently strong. Communities view the protection of children as paramount and non-negotiable.

IMPLICATIONS:

Smoke-free cars legislation can and should be fast tracked in order to capitalise on this community support.

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